Professor Owl’s Bookcorner ~ Weekly Book Review ~May 5th, 2018

American Panda

by Gloria Chao

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.
With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.
But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?
From debut author, Gloria Chao comes a hilarious, heartfelt tale of how unlike the panda, life isn’t always so black and white.

American Panda was an uplifting, emotional, and eye-opening read. It was certainly one of the most enjoyable reads I have had lately and a little different from the ones I have reviewed. I highly recommend this book to readers ranging from their teens, into their adult years, those who enjoy reading contemporary, as well as readers who might be wanting to dip their toes into contemporary YA for the first time!
I would like to thank NetGalley for the chance to read it.

Sweepingly funny.” —The Wall Street Journal
• “Delightful.” —Buzzfeed

“Charmed my socks off.” —David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquito land

Available from www.kobo.com, www.kobo.ca, www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com other fine bookstores, Local and School Libraries

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 21st. April, 2018

Sanctuary

by Caryn Lix
series A Sanctuary Novel

Synopsis:

Alien meets Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds in this thrilling debut novel about prison-guard-in-training, Kenzie, who is taken hostage by the superpowered criminal teens of the Sanctuary space station—only to have to band together with them when the station is attacked by mysterious creatures.
Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything.

As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself to her company—and that means sacrificing anything that won’t propel her forward.

But then a routine drill goes sideways, and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners.

At first, she’s confident her commanding officer—who also happens to be her mother—will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely.

As Kenzie forms her own plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming, something ancient and evil that has clawed its way into Sanctuary from the vacuum of space. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive—all while beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows.

This story was well written with a great storyline, the characters were also amazing. Once I picked up the book, I could not put it down until it was finished. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I would like to thank NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book it was a great read.

Available at http://www.kobo.comhttp://www.amazon.ca, and http://www.amazon.com

 

Caryn Lix has been writing since she was a teenager and delved deep into science fiction, fantasy, and the uncanny while working on her Masters in English literature. Caryn writes novels for teens and anyone else who likes a bit of the bizarre to mess up their day. When not writing, Caryn spends her time obsessively consuming other people’s stories, plotting travel adventures, and exploring artistic endeavors. She lives with her husband and a horde of surly and entitled animals in southern Alberta.
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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book review of the week ~ April 7th. 2018

Robin Hood’s Dawn (The Robin Hood Trilogy Book

by Olivia Longueville (Author), J. C. Plummer (Author)

A unique retelling of the Robin Hood legend!

England, 1154-1194:

• A kingdom under assault.
• A conspiracy born of anarchy.
• A hero standing against tyranny.

Falsely convicted of a shocking crime, Robin Fitzooth, the Earl of Huntingdon, finds refuge in Sherwood Forest and becomes Robin Hood.

Leading a band of men against the injustices of a malevolent sheriff and his henchmen, Robin begins to unravel a web of treachery threatening the English royal family.

As shadowy forces gather to destroy the future of a nation, Robin faces deceit, betrayal, and the ravages of war as he defends his king, his country, his people, and the woman he loves from a conspiracy so diabolical, so unexpected, that the course of history hangs in the balance.

From the mists of an ancient woodland to lavish royal courts teeming with intrigue, to the exotic shores of the Holy Land – Robin Hood leads the fight in a battle between good and evil, justice and tyranny, the future and the past.

Part one of an exciting three-part retelling of the Robin Hood legend!

Although the books in the trilogy are not stand-alone, they do not end in cliffhangers.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley and would like to thank them for the opportunity to read a most enjoyable book.

Almost everyone has heard the classic tale of Robin Hood and his Merry band of men who stole from the rich and gave to the poor while battling with the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, the beautiful Maid Marian.

I was born and grew up in England and even visited Sherwood Forest a few times. This story was one of my favorite’s, I found this version of the story very refreshing much to my surprise.

Robin Hood’s Dawn was exceptionally well written read and it not only creates a Robin that I found myself relating with more than any other version of the character before, but also a character who is not a perfect hero. He may still be the forest thief, but he is also tinged with a duty to his country and those he loves. Robin is constantly trying to balance his life and be with Marian, while also trying to live up to what he feels he must do for others. The other element of this novel that I tremendously enjoyed was Marian’s character. She learned to protect herself and takes charge of any situation and was certainly not a damsel in distress as shown in the previous version of this story. I also enjoyed the very well-done glossary at the end of the novel, packed full of explanations and historical details.
I will certainly look forward to reading another book in this series.

About the Authors.

Olivia Longueville is a European author whose first book was “Between Two Kings” a story set in Tudor England. J.C. Plummer is an American author and historian living in Texas. They are long-distance friends who share a passion for writing and history, and this is their first collaboration. Learn more at their website: www.AngevinWorld.com

The book is available from https://www.amazon.com ,  https://www.amazon.ca,   https://www.kobo.com ~     and other fine book stores.

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Owl’s Bookcorner ~ Book Reviews of the week ~ 31st March, 2018

 

Defiant Souls

by Kathleen Chadwick (Author)

When Kyle Chase accepted his Aunt Cindy’s invitation to spend his summer vacation with her, he thought they would be exploring old caves, looking for arrow heads, and honing his skills as a young Archeologist. He never dreamed the fate of the world would rest on his small shoulders. Kyle, his aunt and a small group of travelers have been imprisoned by a mad-man.

Man’s arrogance has opened a doorway of evil and it’s up to Kyle to close it. He will need to trust in his sixth sense, strength, and intellect to escape and find the one man who can help him destroy the evil that holds them captive.

Excellent story well written with characters interaction and the plot flowed very well. In all It love the whole concept of the book was just great. I had a hard time putting it down before I had finished reading it. I would highly recommend this book.

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Book of the Week  for our younger Readers’.
Take the Bullying by the Horns

by Hunter Dan (Author), Pam Hodgdon (Illustrator)

The author created this story for children who are just reaching school age. He believed in teaching children before they enter first grade what bullying is and teaching them that it is unacceptable behavior and how to end it regardless of what the bully says to them. He thought this to be the best time in a child’s life to introduce to them what it is before they experience it for real.

This book shows bullying in action by telling a story how one child could stop their own torment by stepping up. It may sound simple to an adult, but for a child, seeing this displayed in the book can be very easy to understand.
Describing the effects of bullying from the victim’s point of view and then telling them by demonstrating the actions that can be taken by everyone for a resolution.

This book can address fears about what a child may think adults will or won’t do when confronted with bullying. It is also a good book to start the discussion with your child about what to do in a hypothetical situation. I appreciate that it is not too long and allows parents and caregivers many different potential actions they can take as well.

All books available at www.amazon.ca and www.amazon.com and other good bookstores.

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ March 21, 2018

The Tukor’s Journey

By Jeannine Kellogg (Author)

Siblings Mitch, Tony, and Jovi discover that mysterious creatures called Grezniks are close to achieving their mission: blowing up Earth and shattering Life to bits. Over the centuries, Grezniks have nearly succeeded many times. But each time, their efforts have been foiled by Tukors and their allies. Now, Grezniks are closer than ever before, and no one knows if any Tukors are left in the world to stop them. The Tukor’s Journey is an epic action adventure. Chock-full of faraway lands. Volcanoes. Mountains. Tundra. Tropical forests. Raging rivers. Steamy geysers. Farms. Big cities. Tractors flying at the speed of sound. Blue stones that defy the laws of physics. And lots of real-life creatures. And Grezniks. Vicious. Deadly. Unfathomable strength and speed. Seeping through the world unseen slippery, crawly, swift. Soon they’ll be ready to blow up Earth into tiny pieces. Three children are unexpectedly invited to help defeat the Grezniks, but will they have the courage to join the battle?
An outstanding read, that takes you to actual places around the world and introduces you to rare animals, while you journey with three children and some scary mythological beings.’
The story twists and turns and you get absorbed in the journey. This a book that when you start reading is hard to put down until one has finished it.

 

Publish Date: March 20, 2018, ~ Available from http://www.amazon.com,
http://www.Amazon.ca and other good bookstores.

#Review of Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire #UrbanFantasy

IgniteYourCreativity.net by Belinda Witzenhausen

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Review

Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3)

by Seanan McGuire

Release date: January 9th, 2018

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire from NetGalley and Tor in order to read and give an honest review.

Seanan McGuire is definitely one of my favorite fantasy authors. Her books have it all, perfect prose, masterful plots, exciting worlds and engaging characters and the same is true for her Wayward Children series. This dark and whimsical series like all of her work is so well written that it grabs hold of you and takes you twisting and turning into fascinating new worlds. McGuire addresses, race, sexuality, religion, illness, disabilities, mental health etc. and handles it with such nuance.  Her characters are multifaceted and each face personal challenges that so many can relate to.  

The series revolves around students housed at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.  The Home for Wayward Children is a safe haven for children who have traveled to different…

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ July 21st. 2017

Hopewell, NB.

Summer is  here and Professor Owl’s Newsletter 
  is taking a holiday for a month

We will be back on August 1st, 2017, with our back to school issue and our usual book and literacy corners along with the community boards.

We will still be doing our weekly book reviews over the holidays watch for them every Friday or Saturday, in the meantime have a great safe and fun summer.

This is the second book in the Knight’s Academy series, and like Book 1 a great read well written with interesting characters and story line. I enjoyed reading more about the character and following them through this story.

Once again, when I started reading the book,  I just could not put it down until it was finished. I am looking forward to the next books in this series, in the not too distant future ~ I hope.

To learn more about Emerald’s backstory of her Knight’s Academy series,  and a  story of endurance.
Follow the following link for her recent interview with Belinda Witzenhausen.
https://bwitzenhausen.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/guest-post-and-new-release-from-author-emerald-barnes-emeraldbarnes/

MARKED (Knight’s Academy #2)
by Emerald Barnes

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About The Hunted:

Myka Williams has been forced out of Knight’s Academy and is on the run, constantly moving to keep the vampires off her trail until Preston’s venom is no longer coursing through her veins. But she isn’t alone.

Brent Jacobson is her protector, training her and teaching her how to be the werewolf she’s destined to be. He’s annoying, stubborn—and hot. But there’s something he isn’t telling her.

Myka has to come face-to-face with the truth of who she really is. Will she find safety, or will she always be hunted?

Purchase The Hunted:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2sEKaxh

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Nook: http://bit.ly/2tiwkCA

iTunes: http://apple.co/2tJbVJP

 

Add The Hunted to Goodreads:

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About Emerald Barnes:

Emerald Barnes resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She’s an auntie, a youth leader, a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number One in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor. She’s addicted to tv and binge-watching shows, and she has a thing for superheroes.

Connect with Emerald:

Website: http://www.emeraldbarnes.us

Blog: ebarnes23.wordpress.com

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/emeraldbarnes

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fanpageforemeraldbarnes

Twitter: www.twitter.com/emeraldbarnes

Street Team: http://www.facebook.com/groups/emeraldbarnesstreetteam

Fan Team: http://www.facebook.com/groups/emeraldbarnesfans

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/emeraldbarnes

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/emerald_barnes

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/emeraldbarnes

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Emerald-Barnes/e/B004PL38QS

 

Author Contact:

Email: emerald_barnes@yahoo.com

 

Emerald is available for personal appearances and interviews.

Excerpt One:

Preston had been hot on their trail for two months now. The werewolves hoped the venom would be out of her system soon. Apparently, Preston had been filling her full of it since she’d first been assigned to him. It bothered her that she hadn’t known what he was doing, and even now, the memories weren’t accessible. The only memory she had left of one of his bites was when he’d kidnapped her and tried to make werewolf/vampire babies with her. For all she knew, they still planned on capturing her and using her for exactly that, and that’s why she had to go on the run with Brent. There was something he wasn’t telling her, though. She had gathered that much, but Brent wouldn’t let on to the real reason he had run away with her. It had something to do with her birthmark, though he never opened up about it.

The worst part about being on the run was not knowing when—if ever—she’d be able to see the people she cared about most. She had to leave everyone behind: Jilly, Barry, and Olivia. Milo. What was worse, she had to leave a stupid letter about running away because she was adopted. She couldn’t care less about that. Barry and Jilly were her parents.

And then there was Milo. He knew the truth, but it didn’t matter. Myka knew they couldn’t be together. He was a hybrid; she was a werewolf. It wouldn’t work no matter how much she wanted it to. She exhaled slowly and closed her eyes.

Brent’s phone rang, distracting her from her pity-party. She stood from the bed and wondered if she should pick it up or not. Brent would be angry if she did. She walked to it, knowing that she should let it go to voicemail, but when she saw who was calling, there was no way she could ignore it.

“Hello,” she said, her voice shaking and her heartbeat pounding in her ears.

“Myka?” Milo whispered her name, and tears stung her eyes. “How are you?”

“I’m fine.” Ugh, that was lame, she thought. She was far from fine.

He hesitated before asking, “Where’s Brent?”

“In the shower. You want me to get him?”

“No. I’ll call back.”

She nodded, fully aware that he wouldn’t be able to see her, but she couldn’t speak. All the emotions she’d been holding back wanted to burst out right then, and she wanted to say so much. I miss you was on the tip of her tongue, but she couldn’t say the words. It made everything seem too final.

“Myks, you still there?” he asked.

“Yeah.” She wiped away a tear rolling down her cheek. She refused to cry. “How’s Liv?”

“She’s good. Fighting mad that you left.” Milo laughed, and she had forgotten how much she’d missed hearing it. She could almost see the rare smile of his, the one he had around her and no one else.

“Will you tell her that I’m sorry?” Myka asked.

“I will.”

“Who did you call?!” Brent’s angry voice made her jump. She turned around to see Brent, soaking wet and in nothing but a towel.

“No one. Milo called. I just answered.”

Myka put her hand on her hip, frustrated at the way Brent was acting. He held out his hand, and she placed the phone in it.

“What do you want, bloodsucker?” Brent asked, annoyance heavy in his tone.

Myka stared at Brent, her frustration faded as she watched his chest move up and down with each breath he took and how the water dripped off his body. The man was ripped. He was probably around six-foot-three and around 220 pounds of pure muscle. His abs were well defined, extremely well defined. She turned her head away as a hot blush burned her cheeks.

Brent swore, and Myka turned back to face him, curiosity and fear coursing through her. His body was the last thing on her mind at that moment. His eyes narrowed as he watched her, and she hoped that anger wasn’t directed at her.

“Thanks for calling,” Brent said before hanging up the phone and tossing it on the bed.

“Why did you answer?” he asked, his anger rising.

“I wanted to talk to him.”

Myka wasn’t backing down from Brent. She didn’t regret her decision. Well, not much, at least.

“I told you that life is over. Stay away from him.”

Brent stormed back into the bathroom, and Myka jumped as he slammed the door. Hot tears rolled down her cheeks, and she buried her face in her hands. Something was going on at the academy, and Brent hadn’t told her what. Was Olivia okay?

When Brent came back out, he had put on his jeans and t-shirt, but his hair was still a wild mess. He looked sexy, but she pushed that thought aside, focusing on her anger at him.

“You should never answer my phone again. What if that hadn’t been Milo? What if it had been Preston instead?” Brent ran his hands through his wet hair, making it stand on end.

“But—”

Myka was about to go off on him about how he wouldn’t let her talk to Milo and that’s all she wanted, but he interrupted her.

“Stop thinking about how much you miss that bloodsucker and get over him. He’s not good for you, Myka. I don’t know why you can’t see that!” He paused and paced the tiny space between her bed and the bathroom. “I’m just trying to protect you.” His last words were barely a whisper.

“I know. Thank you,” she whispered, matching his tone. She knew everything he had risked for her, but she didn’t like being told who she could and couldn’t talk to.

“Just be careful, kid. We can’t lose you to them.” Brent walked to Myka and leaned close to her face. Her breath caught when he wiped away the tears on her cheeks. “You’re too important.”

Excerpt Two:

She searched for the spare key that they always kept under the mat. Not the safest place, but Jilly was certain no one would find it there. Myka shook her head at the thought but was thankful that Jilly hadn’t changed her mind about it. She unlocked the door and pushed it open as quietly as she could. She shut the door just as quiet and let her eyes adjust to the darkness.

She took in a deep breath. The air smelled of fresh linen; Jilly’s choice of fragrance. She liked the idea that a home could smell like fresh laundry. Myka basked in the scent, and tears formed in the corners of her eyes. She didn’t realize how much she’d missed that smell.

A fast puff of breath rushed from her lungs when someone pushed her against the door. The knob pushed into her back, taking her breath from her and burning the muscles as she was pushed harder against it.

“It’s me! It’s me!” she cried when she found her voice.

A light came on, and she saw Barry, hair disheveled, staring back at her with a confused expression on his face. She doubled over, catching her breath when he let her go. Jilly was by her side, rubbing her back, and telling her that it would be all right.

“Myka, sweetie. I thought I’d never see you again,” Jilly said through sobs.

“I didn’t think I’d ever see y’all again either,” Myka answered, straightening herself.

Myka’s back ached, but she didn’t mind. Relief flooded through her, knowing that they were still okay. She threw her arms around Jilly and cried onto her shoulder.

“I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry,” she blubbered.

“You have nothing to apologize for,” Jilly said. “You’re home now.”

Myka didn’t want to ruin the moment by telling them that she couldn’t stay. Brent would come looking for her as soon as he woke up, and he would follow her trail back here. She needed to be back before he woke.

“I’ll make some coffee. Looks like we’re all gonna need it,” Barry said.

Myka ran her hand through her hair when Jilly let her go. She didn’t stop to think about what she looked like. She didn’t want them worrying about her, and if she was haggard in appearance, Jilly would question her. She hadn’t thought far enough ahead to know what to say to them. She just wanted to check on them.

Myka looked around the small kitchen and dining room they stood in. It had just been a few months since she left for Knight’s Academy, but it felt like it had been years. She took a seat on one of the chairs at the table. She felt weary. From her run, from her life with Brent. She was tired, and she wanted to make this place home again.

“When was the last time you ate?” Jilly asked, ever the concerned mom.

“I had supper,” Myka answered, thinking about the sad excuse for dinner Brent had made up. Snack cakes and potato chips.

“You look skinny. Have you been able to eat?” Jilly continued to fuss over her.

Myka nodded. She needed time to think because she knew the next question would be where she had been.

Barry stood at the coffee pot, watching it spit and sputter out the last drops of coffee. Steam rose in the air, and the entire kitchen filled with the scent of the hot coffee.

Barry poured each of them a mug and set them on the table. Myka blew on the hot liquid, as she held the mug in her hands, letting the warmth flow through her. Barry took a seat, and she could feel them watching her. She couldn’t meet their eyes. Not when so much was left unspoken.

“So are we just gonna ignore the elephant in the room?” Barry asked.

Jilly answered first. “He’s right, Myka. Where have you been? Why haven’t you called?”

“I just haven’t had the time,” she answered, still staring at the hot coffee in her hands.

“You haven’t had the time to tell your parents where you’ve been? That you were alive?” Barry said, his voice raising.

“I’m sorry,” she whispered. “I never meant to hurt you.”

“But you did,” he said, ripping her heart in two.

Tears slid down her cheeks again, and she wiped them away.

“I know saying I’m sorry isn’t enough.” She braved a look at them, and it only hurt her more. “But, please believe me when I tell you that I didn’t mean for this to happen.”

“What does that even mean?” Jilly asked. Concern choked her voice. “What aren’t you telling us?”

Myka shook her head. She didn’t need to bring this up. She couldn’t. To keep from having to speak, she took a drink of her coffee. The hot liquid burned her tongue, but she swallowed it down anyway.

She braved another look at her parents. It was now or never. She could tell them the truth. Tell them everything that was going on in her life. She wanted to, so she took in a deep breath, about to speak the words, but then shut her mouth. They would throw her into the psychiatric ward at the hospital. They wouldn’t believe in werewolves and vampires. They especially wouldn’t believe that she was a werewolf.

“There’s nothing to tell,” Myka said. “I ran away to find my real parents.”

“And how’s that going?” Barry asked.

Myka looked at him. He crossed his arms over his chest and stared her down. She looked away. That look made her want to divulge every little detail from the very beginning.

“Not as well as expected.”

“Mmm-hmm. I see,” he said.

He didn’t believe her.

“I need to go,” she said, standing. “This was a mistake.”

“Wait,” Jilly said. “You can’t go.”

“I have to.”

Myka walked around the table, toward the door, but Barry stood in front of it, blocking her escape.

“You’re lying, Myka. I always know when you’re lying,” he said.

“You know nothing about me,” she said. “You never had anything to do with me.”

Grief welled up in his eyes, and she felt horrible.

“I know more than you think.”

She sat down in the nearest chair, absorbing his words. “What are you talking about?”

This conversation was taking a toll on her. She just wanted to make sure that they were still alive. That was all.

“Myka, I have to tell you something,” Barry said.

Barry’s eyes narrowed like he was remembering something that happened a long time ago. Jilly placed a hand on her shoulder. Myka fidgeted in her seat as anxiety rose up inside of her. She stared at Barry, waiting for him to speak.

“I’m your dad,” he blurted out.

“I know. You adopted me.”

“No. I mean that I’m your real dad. Your mother passed away right after she had you.”

Myka stood and faced Jilly. Jilly’s lips were pursed, and her eyes watered. He was telling the truth. She fell into the chair again.

“Why didn’t you tell me this before?” Myka’s voice rose an octave.

“We didn’t think it would help. Jilly adopted you, and that’s what you overheard.”

“But I’m your daughter? By blood? You should have told me.”

“I know. I just—there was too much at stake,” he stammered.

“Jilly, what is he talking about?”

Myka turned to Jilly. She needed answers. Now.

“Because of what your mom was, and because of what we think you are now,” Jilly said.

They knew. They knew she was a werewolf.

 

 

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ January 7, 2017

Chronicles of the Last Days

(Dragonsfall Book 3)

Kindle Edition

Myril doesn’t need prophecy to see that her world is going to end – the city is sinking before her eyes. Foreign ships fill Anamat harbor, bringing foreign traders bent on pillaging the city’s treasures – with help from the governor – as the people of the city flee across the sea to hostile lands.

Myril’s guildmaster calls on her to help save the Chronicles of Anamat from the pillagers. Meanwhile, her old friend Darna needs healing, Iola wants to go to her death in the dragons’ realm, and the Defenders are airing their secrets at just the wrong time. She begins to wonder how much the people she loves are to blame for the fall of Anamat.

How will anyone, or anything, survive when the waters rise again?

This book has dragons, magic, and sword play. It is a classic fantasy story. I would recommend it from 14 and up.

Available from http://www.amazon.ca and http://www.amazon.com

About Author

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Thanks to my grandmother, Nancy Woollcott Smith, I started out in life with the delusion that writing was a thing grown-ups did. Becoming a writer seemed almost as realistic an ambition as becoming an accountant, though less lucrative. That delusion led me to a couple of decades of irregular and mostly profitless work, but it’s also kept me going.

In high school I wrote two novels with a friend. We passed chapters back and forth in between classes. They were written on paper, the first book long-hand, the second on computer. That was before the internet. During the fall and winter after I graduated from college, I wrote a novella/poetry collection, still unpublishable or at least unmarketable. I sent it to about a half dozen agents and collected their more-or-less gentle rejections.

At age 31, I launched into my current project, a multi-volume epic fantasy about the last generation of a land animated by dragon-gods. I set it aside when I had my first baby, and I’m not 31 any more. I’ve also written a stand-alone Regency romance, a historical fantasy novella, and a screenplay.

The first two books of the series are available now on Amazon and will return to most of the noteworthy ebook retailers in April. I hope to release the remaining books in the series some time in 2016.

Keep checking in. I’ll let you know if anything interesting falls out of the keyboard.

You can join my mailing list for news of new books, giveaways, and other major events.

Here are links to some of the non-fiction articles I’ve written in recent years:

Passive Solar in Vineyard Style

Serving Hands  in Vineyard Style

Quansoo Farm in The Martha’s Vineyard Times

Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center  in Vineyard Style

Two young women to volunteer in Africa in The Martha’s Vineyard Times

The Brickyard in The Martha’s Vineyard Times

The Artisan’s Festival in The Martha’s Vineyard Times

Tiffany Smalley  graduates from Harvard in The Martha’s Vineyard Times

Solar Energy in Martha’s Vineyard Arts & Ideas

 

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~December 4, 2016

Chamaeleon:

Book 3.5 of The Stardust Series Kindle Edition

by Autumn Reed (Author), Julia Clarke (Author)

Note to Readers:

Chamaeleon must be read after book 3 and before book 4 to fully understand the storyline.

Chamaeleon is a novella told from both Haley’s and the guys’ perspectives.

Haley
“For the last seven months, my life practically revolved around ‘my’ guys—they kept me safe, made me laugh, and embraced me as one of their own. And, now, the unimaginable was happening. I was turning my back on the life I created with them. There would be no more duets with Chase, tickle fights with Theo, stargazing with Ethan, running with Knox, relaxing with Jackson, or cooking with Liam. In other words, I was walking away from the place—and the people—that had become my new home.”

Knox
“Theo opened his mouth like he was going to say something but then shut it again. The truth was, there was nothing left to say. We had to either compete for her heart or let her go, and both options were incomprehensible. Even if she chose me, could I live with the guilt of knowing I stole her away from my brother and best friends? And, if she chose someone else, would I ever get over her?”

Another hit from Autumn Reed & Julia Clark! I could not put it down. If you have not read this series then you MUST. Autumn and Julia have a way of getting you so involved in the characters that you will find yourself laughing, crying and yelling at your book.

The writing is so well done it pulls me in every time. I can’t wait for the next book to come out. Definitely a must read.

 Available from http://www.amazon.com  and http://www.amazon.ca

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ November 5, 2016

Star Wars: Ahsoka Audible – Unabridged

E. K. Johnston (Author), Ashley Eckstein (Narrator), Listening Library (Publisher)

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Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars and before she reappeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally her story will begin to be told.

Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa – and the Rebel Alliance.

Amazing story. Like most people Ashoka is my favorite from Clone Wars and was excited when this book showed up for pre-order. I rarely finish a book in a day but I did this one. I was disappointed when I realized I had finished it, I wanted more! Please tell me there is at least a second book on the way very soon.

Available from http://www.amazon.ca  and http://www.amazon.com